With temperatures set to increase considerably this weekend across the county, dog owners have been warned not to leave their pets in hot cars.
The RSPCA said in Leicestershire, 112 calls were made to the charity about dogs in hot cars last year compared to 96 in 2017 – a rise of 17%.
Nottinghamshire also saw calls increase by 23%, with Derbyshire seeing calls drop by 18% compared to the previous year.
The RSPCA said: “Despite repeated warnings every year, owners still risk their pets’ lives by leaving them unattended in vehicles during warm weather.”
It advised people to call 999 and and request the police if their dog is displaying signs of heatstroke – such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, being lethargic or vomiting.